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now and christmas eve, the white house says president obama is going to be doing some public thing every day to highlight good things about health reform, and to get people to sign up for insurance. december 23rd is the next big enrollment deadline for obama care, so the white house is taking on a new effort to fight back against the law's extremely loud critics. you can find of feel the change in tone from the white house on this subject already. they don't sound like they're playing defense on the subject anymore. the president gave a short kickoff speak about it this afternoon in washington, d.c., and i think it was telling this was the biggest applause line in the speech. >> i have always said i would work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be sure of that. >> on thursday this week, the venue will be different, the crowd bill probably be a little younger, and the president will be forced off script undoubtedly because president obama
here. >> i think first things first for the obama white house. they want to get people signed up. they want to get a gathering sense of confidence that the law will actually work. he needs his own troops to do that. i think there's been some sterling examples of democrats really diving down in a place like kentucky, a southern state where the democratic governor felt he had no choice given the poverty of the state and number of people who need medicaid, et cetera, et cetera. nobody accused of steve bashir as being a washington base the leftist conspiracy or. an old fashioned kentucky politician who has gotten to work. he feels he could use any help he can get from groups elsewhere around the country. >> howard, you see people are diving down and getting into it in kentucky. you make me think about good old sec football and the republicans are like a football team with no offense and only a defense. they just keep trying to stop and never want to advance the ball. they have no strategies but they do have multiple defensive strategies. the repeal movement is now dead. the attack th
working moments voting to repeal obama care anymore. since republicans took over the house, they have voted to repeal obama care 46 times! but they have stopped doing that now. since the shutdown, no more repeal obama care votes. repealing obama care now would mean they would be taking insurance from hundreds of thousands of americans. when they come back in january, it will be hundreds of thousands more americans who not just don't have just the promise of health insurance, but who are actually experiencing health insurance coverage, many of them for the first time in their lives. voting to repeal obama care was an expression of pure ideological exuberance for the first two or three or four dozen times that they took that vote, but now that people are getting covered, it's not that kind of vote anymore, and so, they're not taking that vote anymore. and so, now, what are they going to do with their time? six whole days to fill for the month of december. there's an interesting question when they've got in a way a small amount of time left between now and the end of the year, but six da
meant to step on the field. . white house getting ready to roll out a new obama care campaign. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. >> reporter: with some improvements to affordable health care website under his belt, is he making a pitch again. is it too soon? a live report is coming up. 1ñp farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to millions have raised their hand for the proven relief of the purple pill. and that relief could be in your hand. for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms from aci
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that house republicans believe they have found their next big issue that they're going to hit president obama with. they did sort of need something new, right, for the holiday? s and turns out president obama didn't close the vatican embassy, they thought they had a live one there, but that ended up not being true. and they thought they had a huge story when they thought president obama didn't cover babies with the health insurance. but that wasn't true. that one guy that thought his baby was not covered on his health insurance is because that one activist guy forget to list that baby. he forget one of his kids, simple mistake, apparently. the irs scandal turned out not really being a scandal. trying to turn the benghazi scandal into a tragedy other than a tragedy. and they keep trying to pull stunts to repeal obama care, now that hundreds of thousands of people are getting health insurance that they didn't have before. they really need a new thing. they think they would like to hit him now on iran. according to the hill, quote, house republicans are legislati options that would explicitly ri
the new york stock exchange. >>> let's head to the white house now because this is good news for the obama administration, it comes on the heels of all the bad news about obama care. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this is positive news for the obama administration. we don't have official reaction yet, that normally comes later generally in this hour so we'll be looking to are that but i think the read -- we've been through so many reports i think we have a sense of what the reaction will be, this say positive trend, still more work to do and you said carol, this allows president obama to focus on the economy, something he already tried to do this week in an address where he outlined new economic initiatives like the minimum wage, like increasing investments and infrastructure and education, so this gives him a little fuel to do that as the rollout to obama care has been so rocky. this is certainly something the white house is welcoming here. >> we'll check back. brianna keilar live at the white house this m
care site on the mend. brianna keilar at the white house this morning. >> hi there, carol. the obama administration says it has met its goal and is running a whole lot smoother. but there's still a lot of problems as well i'll have a live report in just a moment. ke. i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to you can fill that box and pay one flat rate. i didn't know the coal thing was real. it's very real... david rivera. rivera, david. [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> it's like the difference between night and day, how the man in charge of fixing the obama care website describes the experience for people who sign up now after that self-imposed deadline to get the site working for the majority of users. the obama administration under heavy criticism and scrutiny after b
, the website is fixed? well, there's a bunch of other things to still complain about with obama care. the problems with the website, which were a total unforced error and real embarrassment for the white house and for everybody who supports this law, for the republicans, it was just something to kind of, you know -- something to complain about. they don't want the whole thing to work. they have been trying to get it to fail from the beginning and up until today. and all these different ways, trying to sabotage this law. and look, they're against it, you know. i'm sure it might be the same on the other foot. but they won't stop. >> what surprises me about this, josh, is that the republicans knew that the white house had the wherewithal, the resources, that they could get to go make this work. why do they continue to double down on saying it wasn't going to work? i mean, eventually it's all going to come together. now that they've met this deadline, where does this leave him with tweets like what senator cornyn did? >> you know, i think they're probably right. you know, they say you ne
is the study behind this. they looked at obama's white house calendar. they took a look at all the dates and where he was, who he met with, as steve just said there was no one on one meeting. a representative from the accountability office had this to say on hannity. >> you can look at any president -- george w. bush, richard nixon, ronald reagan, bill clinton -- you look at their calendar and you can see what's important to them. even if you don't know anything about what was going on at that time, look at that calendar and you'll see what their priorities are. in the case of president obama, if you look at his calendar, there is no evidence whatsoever that is focused or has much interest in health care at all. >> they say that -- they went on to say they have a list of all their meetings. 277 private meetings with 16 other cabinet members. 277 with 16 other cabinetmakers -- cabinetmakers, they pretty much make their own cabinets in the white house. so that just shows a lack of focus, a lack of interest. it remind me of the fact that i remember when james woolsey was the director of the
is the head spokesman for the pentagon under, you know, president obama's pentagon, has become the chief washington spokesman for bp. >> former white house correspondent for abc news. >> abc news. he followed bob gates to the pentagon first with president bush then with president obama. sort of a classic revolving door figure, geoff is. but no, so -- that was -- i mean, it's a classic two step. i mean, i also think bp has done very, very well rehabilitating itself. i mean, thanks largely to flooding the media with all kinds of goodies and a lot of advertising money. and we're supposed to feel good about bp again. >> narrator: two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf and every day since we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. >> and what's the moral that you -- we draw from that story? about this town? >> about this town, is -- well, first of all, when there's a problem, there is a lot of money to b
obama care pitch. former white house press secretary and msnbc contributor, robert gibbs. nice to have you this morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> pretty good. robert, i want to play for you a moment from march of o 2010, march 22nd, 2010, a press conference where you're speaking. i want to play this for a sec. >> look, health care is going to become law tomorrow. i think that -- i can't speak to all of the amendments or all of the shenanigans that will be tried on capitol hill over the course of the next many days. but we're confident that this process is coming to an end. >> right, we're confident this process is coming to an end. that's march of 2010. we are still having this fight. are you surprised about how much resistance and shenanigans there have been? >> no, i'm not. i mean, what i was referencing there was the legislative shenanig shenanigans. remember, this thing -- this thing took, you know, ten, eleven months, and had multiple near-death experiences, and was in, to use a health care analogy, critical condition for many of those months. so, look, i think the white h
elected a republican congress in the house because of obama care. we're going to basically get another shot here of winning a senate on the same issues, so three senate seats today that are open. another three or four that are vulnerable and we need to pick up six seats. if we do, the game has changed dramatically. >> this powell, 81% of respondents believe the law should be changed or repealed. let's just work with changed since that's probably easier at the moment. it's impossible for me today not to look through the lens of nelson mandela, but is there any way that the white house and republicans could ever just come together and figure out how to fix this thing? >> well, i would hope they would and certainly that is the legacy, the enduring legacy of mandela, which is compromise rising above your circumstances, but i think this president has picked a very different strategy. he is going to double down on obama care and he is going to attack the republicans and let's be clear while the democrats have huge political liabilities, the republicans have lower ratings and are seen as the
to be law. until president obama is no longer in the white house, then we have a discussion about repeal. then republicans need to stop saying we need to get it off the books. >> sam, what are they accusing him of? it's like if a baseball batter gets a strike called on him, you don't accuse him of not trying to hit the ball. if you try to hit the ball and fail, that's what obama did here. it was a poor rollout. >> yeah. >> are they accusing him of wanting to have a poor rollout? it seems like they're saying he lied. he wanted this to be lousy. what are they actually accusing him of? >> that's the irony of the criticism. they say the website is so poor. it's not letting people buy coverage. it's not what you promised it to be. and we don't want people to buy coverage. it would be bad for femme. so there is a general inconsistency to the criticism here. but again, the president stressed it today. for the next three years, he will be in the oval office. the repeal movement is for that period of time dead. there is no repeal movement unless they can get a veto -- >> because of the constituti
point for obama care. the white house says it met its december deadline to fix saying it's now working more than 90% of the time. the administration says the site can now handle 50,000 users at one time, meaning that 800,000 can register every day. white house communications director jennifer palmeri says they're confident in this site. >> we feel confident about the site working now as it was intended oerriginally conceivedo do, granted two months later than we or anyone would have liked to have seen, so we have confidence in that. >> on a conference call with reporters, jeff zients told reporters the difference between october 1st and december 1st is like night and day. >> response times are under one second. error rates are down well under 1%. and the system is stable with uptimes exceeding 90%. >> all right. so democrats, they're positive about these improvements. however, republicans say that the damage, it's already done. >> the website is improved vastly from where it was two months ago, and quite frankly where it is now is probably where it should have been two mo
meadow. >>> now to the problem of the obama care website. over the weekend the white house says it met a crucial deadline and fixed many online glitches. the speed has more than tripled the 400 bugs gone. now works for a vast majority of americans. >>> so a man in minnesota made it snow on some lucky shoppers at the mall of america as "let it snow" was sung by a trio down below. the man through 1,000 $1 off the floor. he said he had a rough year and just wanted to make people happy on black friday. local police weren't too happy with the man's stunt as they charged him with disorderly conduct. the man argued i don't know how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct. now let's get to sports from betty. what do you think? >> if he wants to give it away, why not? right? >> let it snow. >> exactly. let it rain. all right. what a great weekend for football fans. let's start with sunday night's nfl game. the nfc east showdown between the redskins and giants. redskins lead the game in the second but the giants come back and tie it up. in the second half. giants held off the redskins
, nelson mandela. flags are also at half staff at the white house this morning. president obama and the first lady will be going to south africa on tuesday. and former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from new york, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene hunter-gault and have her set the scene with this national period of mourning and reflection and celebration. good morning, charle
last president left the white house to become a painter, but president obama is hoping sports will fill his time after washington. here's the score. the president apparently hosting sport% center's top ten list. "the hollywood reporter" said that's what he told bob iger at a recent private dinner. disney, of course, owns espn. iger's response, he reportedly got a good giggle. >>> it's the biggest sporting event in the world. not talking about the olympics or super bowl, but the fifa cup. it kicks off next summer in brazil with the world watching some big brands are trying to score a piece of the action. cnn international correspondent jim bolden joins us with a look at the business of the world cup. hi, jim. >> reporter: christine, national soccer teams the world over spent two years fighting for a place in the world cup finals next year in brazil. and big brands, many of them american, compete with each other to spend millions of dollars to be associated with it. as teams from countries the world over were fighting for one of the coveted 32 spots, big global brands were battling it out
of battling negative headlines white house is looking to turn the page on obama care. today the president kicks off a new three week campaign to refocus the public's attention on the positive aspects of the health care law. what does that entail? >> this is what democrats wanted for two years. they say every day between now and december 23rd they will do some event to talk about each day one different good part of the health care law in their view. the idea is they got to do something about this sinking poll numbers for health care reform. they got to recalibrate the debate gaven they went through the worst possible coverage of the roll out. the question is, can that work. if the site does work. if people does start to get health care coverage you'll get a different debate. the question is how much damage was done and is this thing fixed? you guys had a good conversation yesterday on the show yes the front end fixed but is the back end fixed in a way to lead people getting coverage that they can trust that insurance companies know what benefits they are getting as far as subsidy from the
massaged by politicians, particularly the obama white house to give you a better number heading to the election. i haven't seen anything to suggest -- >> eamon, what are you hearing about the political side of this? >> yeah, i think it would be very difficult to have a political conspiracy -- the number of interviewers to affect the number if they're just interviewing 20 to 40 houses a month would be ha lot of people involved in that. >> you like big government. >> that's a huge -- and there were all these people on twitter saying, oh my god -- but there's nothing here to suggest. >> the only point jack was making it's not this gold-plated number that comes in and you -- >> joe, it's a survey. it's a survey. >> i know it's a survey. >> if it's a survey, any kind of survey will have a margin for error. >> a municipal employee if -- if you didn't have to do something important, think if all you had to do -- >> that is in there. >> have you ever seen how many guys -- >> go interview -- and it's like the guy from the -- >> i figure out 70,000 like four guys might actually go out and
with the white house in trying to trim spending as much as obama would like. it's interesting to see how much frustration there is in the cabinet not just hagel, but also sebelius. one of the reasons when you have these incidents like you do with the health care system -- >> why is general frustration. inside the white house do they think they are incompetent. >> they are not living up to standards with hagel. he's kind of lackluster when they thought he would come in there and be much more forceful. >> why did they think that? if they asked anyone in his own party who was a republican for many years, maybe still is, if they watched his confirmation hearings there were signs that perhaps he wasn't -- >> lots of signs. >> up for it. >> you get into this rush, one you want to get a republican in your cabinet, to say we have diversity of ideology. everything you're seeing with chuck hagel frustrations expressed in that piece any republican that worked with him could have said these are the frustrations you're going to have. like some of the health care stuff. >> what about sebelius? sebelius res
for the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan. >> but it is call obama care for better or worse. the white house is now going back and forth about whether or not that was a great idea to call that it but it is. he won't change it unless the bottom really falls out. >> he can't go on national television today and say send me your plan. we sent him a plan four years ago and then he won't accept our plan. >> let's play. that did he issue a challenge to republicans today. >> i've always. i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> so you presented a different health care proposal four years ago. do you have a proposal to improve the law that exists right now? >> it is a totally different concept. if the president wanted to take us -- if he took us up on our offer. i'm speaking totally out of turn here. if they want to take our bill and endorse and it pass it, you have two separate health care plans out there. you have obama care and this free market approach that
in california won't play in obama care. >>> also tonight, very senior, highly placed republican house source in washington, d.c. tells me the budget deal is close but the sequester will not survive
are talking obama care with kentucky governor steve bashir today, part of the white house's new push to sell the health care law. bashir's state is considered an obama care success story. >>> how about this at number five an early working draft one of bruce springsteen's biggest hits going up for auction today, it is the handwritten lyrics sheet to "born to run." it's estimated to bring in $70,000 to $100,000. we always update the five things to know so go to for the latest. kate, over to you. >> thanks, michaela. >>> a desperate effort is under way to save an american man being held in abu dhabi. shezanne cassim and his friends arrested over a parody video they made and posted online. here is more of the story. shezanne cassim is behind bars in abu dhabi for this. >> home of the deadly satwa gs. >> reporter: a parody video the 9-year-old from minnesota posted online. in it, he pokes fun at a clique of teens trained in a fictional combat patrol to control the streets of dubai. the 19-minute video begins with a disclaimer explaining it's fiction, portraying themselves as wanna b
and ordered to be deported he didn't leave. the white house was asked. he said he never met him. here's jay carney. does this add to the distrust that exists? watch jay carney backtrack today. >> the president said he had, in fact, met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and stayed with him for a brief period of time until the president's apartment was ready. after that they saw each other once every few months while the president was in cambridge. after law school they gradually fell out of touch. the president has not seen omar obama in 20 years and has not spoken with him in roughly ten years. >> they said three years ago he's never met him. is that a small thing or a big thing? these are all huge things. it goes to the trust of the president. whether it's politics, business or personal relationships. when you have a breakdown of whether or not someone is a person of their word or not, rebuilding that is almost impossible. the american people are seeing barack obama for what he is. he says one thing and does another. he's been lying to the american people. he's been expo
months. >> robert, i think the big picture question is does the white house learn anything or do anything tangible in response. ron fournier calling in his own way the sensational title of his team is "president obama needs to fires himself. not literally, of course but practically he needs to shake up his team. you have said wns these problems are fixed there will be staffing changes. do you still think that's true and do you think it's as dramatic as fournier suggests. >> i don't think it should be as dramatic as the president firing himself. >> that would be unconstitutional. >> it will be inexplicable if somebody involved in the creation of the website doesn't get fired or a group of people don't get fired. again, if you look at that "new york times" story from this weekend, when folks at hhs are looking at the white house and dennis mcdonaccdonough's white calendar and laughing, micro managing, lets be clear, one thing the white house didn't do on this, they didn't micro manage beaurocracy enough. if we get through the end of the enrollment period -- i said this first on your show, a
and her potential white house candidacy from any obama care headaches. here he was. >> i was trying to be supportive of it. i don't think you can find anybody in america who worked harder for his re-election or support of this bill or went out of the way to explain the bill more than i did. there's no politics there. i didn't say anything until he talked. i'm trying to be supportive. i do think we have to get the website up and we have to work. is it confined to the website? that's the biggest problem because if the website is working and everybody can see what their options are, then in most states, most people will have a good option, which will be the same or less costly than the one they had before that will cover the same or more conditions. so, i think it will be all right. but, know there was no politics involved. >> when asked if hillary clinton will run for president because you know that is the question that bill clinton continues to get, his answer, three words, i don't know. but he did say, he likes joe biden and if biden is the democratic nominee, he would be glad to he
the white house. athenia, the obama administration, they've got to be relieved? why did they release mr. newman? >> good morning, victor. this is certainly good news. north korea said they released newman for humanitarian reasons after what they're calling an apology from newman made earlier this morning detailing allege d in inde. and now he's happy to have been released and we got a chance to catch up with him, reporters did in beijing. let's listen to what he had to say there. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk government has given me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do first thing? what would you like to do? >> i'll go happily and see my wife. >> and certainly, after merrill newman sees his wife, there is going to be a lot of people like us want to talk to him. victor. >> athenia, i know there's people waiting for him at the airport. we know vice president biden was in south korea today. did his visit -- was he there, was there in any capacity to try to free newman? did he had have
with the insurance companies. in other words, all those folks who enrolled may not be enrolled. and the white house won't fess up. and none of this can hide the cold, hard fact, obama care is a bad product. its health plans cost more, provide less service and choice and it's a budget-buster for washington. you cabe
worst week, i hate to say it, sonny obama, bad dog, jumped on a toddler at the white house and created the worst christmas card of all time. >> i know. but that toddler was so cute. got right back up. she was amazing, right? morris, what's your best and worst? >> my best is my wife's birthday this weekend, so i have to give her the best week. but looking at globally, it's the best and the worst with losing nelson mandela who was a great leader. we're losing him and losing a real superstar. my heart goes out to the mandela family and the rest of the world for losing him. >> susan, best and worst? >> best goes to bill bratton who proves you can go back home again. he's going to be the police commissioner of new york city under mayor elect bill de blasio. and the worst week goes to charlie crist who shows sometimes you can't go home again and his campaign manager, bill aires, just quit after less than a month. >> guys, thanks so much. happy to have you all. that's a wrap-up of "weekends with alex witt." see you right back here tomorrow at noon eastern time. up next, craig melvin, about th
course of action when it comes to iran. secretary of state john kerry will testify before both the house and the senate hoping to delay new sanctions by congress that could derail negotiations with tehran. over the weekend u.n. inspectors arrived to begin inspections on a nuclear facility there. president obama called it a critical first step before adding that the negotiations will in no way weaken the position of the united states. >> if at the end of six months it turns out that we can't make a deal, we're no worse off and, in fact, we have greater leverage with the international community to continue to apply sanctions and even strengthen them. if you ask me what is the likelihood that we're able to arrive at the end state i was just describing earlier, i wouldn't say that it's more than 50/50. but we have to try. >> defense secretary chuck hagel has touched down in pakistan today. the first time in three years a pentagon chief has visited that country. hagel met with their prime minister to discuss tensions over drone strikes and military operations near the border with afghanistan.
. -- double. my copays and deductibles triple under obama -- obamacare. i'm thrilled to death. >> jay carney previously indicated the president is likely to sign up as well. >> thank you very much. ed henry at the white house. well to the fast food protest, is this really about the workers or are unrons pulling a fast one? hermon -- herman cane after this. it's donut friday at the office. and i'm low man on the totem pole. so every friday morning they send me out to get the goods. but what they don't know is that i'm using my citi thankyou card at the coffee shop, so i get 2 times the points. and those points add up fast. so, sure, make me the grunt. 'cause i'll be using those points to help me get to a beach in miami. and allllllll the big shots will be stuck here at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points on dining out and entertainment, with no annual apply, go to if every u.s. home replaced one light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the energy saved could light how many homes? 1 million? 2 million? 3 million? the answer i
into an historic storm event. >>> secretary of state john kerry testifies before the house foreign affairs committee about the deal, ahead. we'll talk to the chairman of that committee about to to expect. >>> and constitutional scholars say president obama is getting too powerful and exercising what the constitution was meant to avoid.
june 30th, tom donyell -- mr. obama's national security advisor. he is now a distinguished fellow at the council on foreign relations. he joins me to talk about recent developments and the issues he was deeply involved in at the white house from iran to winding down the war in afghanistan to mitigating tensions between china and japan. welcome back to the show. >> great to see you. >> let's 23irs talk about iran, you were deeply involved in this whole policy, it appears that what we're saying is we need iran to essentially shut downing parts of its nuclear program so that it cannot have the kind of breakout capacity that -- he says we are not going to dismantle a single thing, we're willing to freeze, we're willing to have everything monitored, but no dismantling, how do you bridge those two positions? >> the reason we're here is the enormous pressure that was put on -- president rowhani took a max mallist stand. they're going to have to assure the international community in very concrete, verifiable and solid ways that they're not working on a nuclear weapon. >> that means rollin
, the former first lady and all were told we're told by a white house official discussing their various experiences with nelson mandela which span over three administrations. so quite a conversation you'd want to be a fly on the wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., brazil, the haven't of china, namib namibia -- libya and president raul castro of cuba will be up on the same stage with the president of the united states. i wonder if they'll sha
and focusing on extending the problem i think is the wrong thing to focus on. if you look at president obama's economic speech, the part i liked the best is the emphasis on addressing the long term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm eager to see what he says there. that's something that i think -- >> get a tax credit for hiring someone that's been unimploempl. >> these folks are really in trouble. >> we should do both, right? we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there is an element of the unemployment rate that is there because of the ui program. but even given that, it's been -- >> people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> yes. there is a lot of research and debate. but my estimates, 10.2 3% of unemployment is due to the ui program. the net benefit of this is very significant. kevin is right. we have to work on long term employment. >> i just say that i disagree we should do both in the following sentence. what we should do, if
obama's economic speech, the part i like the best is his emphasis on addressing the long-term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm quite eager to see what he says there. >> that you get a tax credit for hiring someone who has been unemployment for a certain time. >> these folks are really in trouble and the good unemployment news doesn't really affect the long-term -- >> but we should do both. we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there's an element that's there because of the ui program. >> and people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> there's a lot of academic work and research, but my estimates a percentage is due to ui benefits. kevin is right, we have to work on long term structural unemployment -- >> but i want to say i disagree that we should do both in the following sense. that what we should do, if you want to give more money to the people who are currently unemployed, just give them the money. give the
maintaining the current limits in areas where home prices are lower. the fha raised limits during the housing market meltdown to help more home buyers. >>> yes, you are seeing things clearly, that is the first lady and president obama rocking out to snoop lion, formerly snoop dogg, among other names with a star studded crowd at the annual kennedy center honors, among the honorees, billy joel, carlos santana and jazz legend herbie hanco hancock, receiving highest honors. >>> another rock band is cutting ties with seaworld. this is the latest protest move following the cnn documentary "blackfish." the rock band duo heart says it will not perform at seaworld because of concerns over the waterpark's treatment of captive killer whales. willie nelson and the barenaked ladies also canceled their shows at seaworld. martin savidge is live in atlanta with the latest. martin, the list keeps on growing here. >> it does indeed, john. would you think that would be a worry to seaworld although they say it is not bands, brews and barbecue is the name of the festival seaworld scheduled in february. there seem
high too. you know, the glitches on the obama care website, that's just -- that is the very first. but there's back end glitches too. >>> other washington stories this morning. this is the final week of 2013 where both houses of congress are scheduled to be in session at the same time. optimism for a budget deal. house and senate negotiators are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a compromise. to reduce the debt, to close tax loopholes to do anything to reform entitlement programs. but there are some people who think combined with the good jobs number, if they just do something that lasts a couple of years where the government doesn't get shut down, we could be off to the races. >> if you have a few years where you don't have to come to -- >> our guest this morning is larry it says here. larry. it just says larry. you know what, i was going to start by saying -- no, larry legend. larry -- did larry byrd -- were you already larry legend then? >> we grew together. >> you grew together. it was co-legends at the same time. >> yeah. >> excellent. and the first thing you need w
with the latest in the next half hour. >>> in washington news, the white house says it has met the self-imposed goal for an obama adviser says the five-week emergency, quote, tech surge has doubled the capacity of the online portal. the site can handle 50,000 simultaneous users. but experts say major challenges remain. we'll talk to former hhs secretary michael leavitt in the next half hour. >>> amazon testing delivering packages using drones. could deliver packages that weigh up to 5 pounds, that represents 86% of packages amazon delivers. ceo jeff besos making the announcement on "60 minutes" last night. >> that's the earliest we could get the rules from the faa. my guess is that's probably a little optimistic. but could it be four, five years. >> amazon, the fellow online retailers had a lot on the line today, it's cyber monday, jon fortt joins us onset. your opinion on the drone story? >> well, i think it's possible to do. i worry that pranksters with -- >> my son showed me this. there's a guy that put a submachine gun on the helicopters and used it to destroy a car.
, an op-ed piece we got from sam graves. he's the chairman of the republican -- of the house small business committee. he wrote an op-ed piece pointing out there's another small business problem with obama care. this one has to deal with the definition of employee. that's on top of new paperwork rules, new definitions. those are our top three right now. >> our viewers have their homework assignment during the break to go look that one up. thank you very much, sir. i hope my parents are watching because i know we have a couple of red gas cans in the garage. >>> coming up, merrill lynch was one of the largest financial snugs on wall street. up next, former chairman of merrill's international division, win smith on what led to their collapse during the financial crisis, of course it to be bought by bank of america. the american dream is of a better future, a confident retirement. those dreams, there's just no way we're going to let them die. ♪ like they helped millions of others. by listening. planning. working one on one. that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can
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